Jack Blanchard & Alana Freestone
Of course we had to have these two. She’s a former Women’s WCT shredder – who dropped off tour last year without winning a heat – and undisputed dominatrix of surfing social media. He is Jack Freestone.
In 2017, Jack’s a WCT sophomore, and looks a wee bit like a young John Major. But there’s nothing former about their romance, it’s fresh, it’s exciting… it’s dangerous! Well, maybe for him, in the form of him getting death threats from Alana fans.
Would he rather embrace modernity and gender role reversal and concentrate on domestic chores, making sure the dinner is on the table when Alana gets back from a hard day’s graft at the comp/photo shoot?
We’ll have to wait and see.
Ken & Layne
This one is a touch old news/90’s… but in all honesty, so are we, and that certainly never did us any harm.
Kenneth Bradshaw, Texan man mountain turned Waimea/Sunset fixture, hooked up with then high flying Australian pro Layne Beachley, in what would have been the Jack & Alana of 1999 (haven’t we all come a long way since then!)
Ken’s coaching (controversial earpiece at Pipe episode), shapes and above all, love, nurture and support helped Layne secure her first of seven ASP World Titles in ’98 (the couple split in 2002, and Layne’s now married to INXS star Kirk Pengilly).
With this power couple’s romance having taken place in pre YouTube days, little video exists of them canoodling… which is probably for the best.